Morecambe boss Bentley: Devitt is a big player for us

Jamie Devitt in action against Bury.
Jamie Devitt in action against Bury.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has hailed Jamie Devitt’s influence since returning from injury.

The Irishman missed the Shrimps’ three straight 1-0 defeats with a hamstring problem before returning in the win at Southend on Saturday and impressing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit to Bury on Tuesday night.

Bentley said: “It was a fantastic pass by him for little Jack’s (Redshaw) winner at Southend.

“He didn’t get the reward he wanted on Sky Sports when they said it was a ‘fine Shaun Beeley pass’ but Devs is a big player for us!

“I think we missed him in the three games we lost on the spin.

“He makes things happen, he can see a pass, he’s positive and he’s going from strength to strength.

“He blew up a little bit on Saturday at Southend but I thought he was full of running at Bury on Tuesday night and put in a fantastic performance.

“Long may it continue. He’ll create chances, score goals and will be a big player for us.”

Having struggled to create chances in two of three games Devitt missed Bentley insisted his side weren’t too reliant on his creativity.

He said: “No I don’t think we are (too reliant on him).

“For one reason or another we didn’t create many chances at Mansfield and Northampton but Wimbeldon we did and should have got something out of it.

“It’s a squad game. We missed him for the three games and he is a big player for us but you’re never dependant on any one player.”